Three-Bean Chili with Colby

Arena Cheese's cheesemakers are eight-time medal winners in the U.S. and World Cheese Championships for their Colby Longhorn. Rich, creamy colby is delicious in this veggie-loaded chili. 

Wisconsin Cheese Three-Bean Chili with Colby Recipe
Active Time
40 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Colby can be used in this recipe.


  1. Sauté green peppers and onion in olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes until tender. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the pinto beans, black-eyed peas, black beans, tomatoes, vegetable broth, red wine, cornmeal, chili powder, oregano, cumin and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 50-60 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  3. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in 1 cup colby until melted. Stir in the hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Ladle chili into serving bowls. Top with remaining colby.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Colby cheese was first produced in Colby, Wisconsin in the late 1800s. Colby is meant to be eaten young. It's softer than cheddar and has a more open texture with a mild, milky flavor.

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